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Edwin J. Aldrich
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1823
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1898
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

("The Shelby News" newspaper dated November 4, 1898 on page 4)

Killed By the Cars.

Major E. J. Aldrich was instantly killed at Avoca last Saturday night about 7 o'clock by the east bound flyer on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railway. The manner in which the accident occurred is not known, no one having seen it. The train's crew was ignorant of the fact that a man had been killed until after the train had made its stop at the station in Avoca. The engineer got out of his cab to oil several parts of his engine and as he walked around the front end from one side to the other he was horrified to discover caught on the pilot of the engine the body of a man. Investigation showed that he was dead and various persons at the station identified the man as E. J. Aldrich. Mr. Aldrich was very likely struck by the engine while crossing the track. He started out to visit some friends and to reach them he was obliged to cross the tracks. He was somewhat deaf and very likely did not hear the approach of the train until too late to get out of the way.

The deceased was born in Birkshire county, Mass., August 15, 1823, being at the time of his death 75 years, two months and 14 days old. He came to Iowa in 1854 and made his home here ever since. He was the father of four children, Mrs. S. B. Frum, Shelby, Iowa; Mrs. R. S. Clark, West Liberty, Iowa; Ed Aldrich, Creston, Iowa; and E. J. Aldrich, Mariden, Iowa; the mother having died only last March. The funeral services were conducted by the United Brethern minister and buried with Masonic ceremonies.

Mr. Aldrich enlisted in the war of the rebellion in August 1862 as first lieutenant and resigned in 1863. He was promoted to captain in 1864 and was made major in the regular army in 1866, and resigned the same year.

In his life Major Aldrich was a cheerful, accommodating man and one of much ability in a literary way, always took a lively interest in his home paper wherever he happened to be. His death removes from the state a prominent citizen and one who has given faithful service to his country. database for "U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles" shows the following information:

Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 18 Apr 1862. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Iowa 17th Infantry Regiment on 28 Feb 1862. Mustered out on 20 Jan 1863 at Memphis, TN. Promoted to Full Captain on 18 May 1864. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Volunteers Commissary Dept Infantry Regiment on 18 Apr 1864. Promoted to Brevet Major on 11 Dec 1865. Mustered out on 19 Dec 1865.

Residence and age at time of enlistment was Montrose, Iowa and 38. 
Aug. 15, 1823
Oct. 29, 1898
Graceland Cemetery
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 5 Row 17
Created by: Barbara Butcher
Record added: Jan 20, 2012
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Edwin J. Aldrich
Added by: Barbara Butcher
Edwin J. Aldrich
Added by: Barbara Butcher
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